Sunday, 29 January 2012

Too Much Sex & Violence #2

The second issue of Rol Hirst’s Too Much Sex & Violence is out now, and it’s great!  I drew three particularly nasty pages for this issue, and I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed drawing anything as much as I enjoyed drawing the nasty bits on my pages, which probably makes me a bit weird, considering what is going on in those panels.  Other pages are provided by Stephen Prestwood, Neil Cavenham, Dave Metcalfe-Carr, Nigel Lowrey, Mark Renhard, Ryan Taylor, and Tony McGee, all of whom did an excellent job.

Rol has created some great characters for this series, has cleverly juggled the scenes to allow for a rotating crew of artists, and has produced a really, really strong script.  I am a fan of Rol’s writing anyway, but I was honestly surprised by how good this issue is.  It’s much better than the first issue, and that was bloody good.

TMS&V issues one and two (I also drew two pages in the first issue) are available to order from Rol for £2.50 each (including postage within the UK).  Alternatively, both Gosh and Orbital in London have the first issue (Orbital definitely still have a few copies left, I’m not sure about Gosh) and if you are an Ace Comics customer, I know that Biff also has the first issue (it may be available elsewhere, but you’ll have to ask Rol).  Hopefully, the same establishments will soon have this excellent second issue, too. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Bear-Man & Twinkle / Another Update

Meet Bear-Man & Twinkle, the stars of a new mini-comic written by Martin Eden and drawn by yours truly, that will be coming free with issue six of Martin’s excellent comic, Spandex (which should be out before the end of February).  Bear-Man & Twinkle is one of three comics I have drawn recently / am currently working on that have been written by other writers, the other two being Too Much Sex & Violence and Department of the Peculiar, both written by Rol Hirst.  I have drawn three (nasty) pages for Too Much Sex & Violence #2, which should be out very soon (it’s at the printers right now), and am currently drawing two pages for #3, but Department of the Peculiar is 48 pages in total (two 24 page comics), and so far I have only drawn seven pages.  As well as these projects, I am on the verge of committing myself to writing and drawing about six pages for another comic, and I have also decided that, once all this stuff is out the way, I am finally going to start drawing a graphic novel idea that I have been thinking about doing for years, but have never quite managed to get going with.  Tentatively titled ‘The Embarrassing Body’, I am going to try and write at least the first part of this story while drawing all this other stuff, and as soon as all my current drawing commitments are done with, I will begin drawing it.

The upshot of all this is that I have decided to knock my weekly strip on the head for now, so that I can focus on other things.  I was only ever going to produce 52 weekly strips anyway, before moving on to a longer project, so I made it about two-thirds of the way there and I at least have enough material to put together another issue of Crisp Biscuit Comics now.  I will still be putting new strips (and sketches and preview pages) on this blog from time to time, it just won’t be (nearly) every week, and once I start working on ‘The Embarrassing Body’, I will probably serialise that online, too, so please do check in from time to time.  

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Weekly Strip #36 - The Many Hairstyles of Cecelia Doom

I'm cheating again this week, by salvaging another old strip.  The Many Hairstyles of Cecelia Doom is something I drew back in 2004.  The original version had 32 panels and all of the panels had captions, but some of the panels were rubbish, some were a bit rude, and the captions were either obvious or unfunny.  I hated this at the time but I liked some of the drawings, so I've picked 16 of the best ones (I liked the two rude ones but didn't think they were suitable for this blog), removed all the captions, and have rearranged them into a (somewhat pointless) one-page strip.